Georgian Towns in Britain Compared to Europe Comparison Essay

Georgian Towns in Britain Compared to Europe
A comparison of British Georgian town design with contemporaneous European town development and a discussion of the reasons for the differences.
# 60365 | 1,806 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2005 | GB
Published on Aug 17, 2005 in Architecture (Buildings) , History (British) , Geography (General)

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This paper discusses the main reason why, in the early 1700s, British town planning seemed to diverge from that on the continent, even though a common heritage was present. The conclusion is a surprising amount of politics, national rivalry and religious differences that altered British building environment.

From the Paper:

"Baroque design flourished on the continent between 1600 and 1750, particularly in Catholic countries. It tended to be expressive, flamboyant and encouraged by the Roman Catholic church (Hutchinson:2005). A Baroque designer would usually have had the support of a ruler and would therefore expect his development to be completed in its entirety, in contrast to events at the Royal Crescent in Bath, for example. The emergence of Baroque town planning in continental Europe is tied to the Renaissance, Reformation and subsequently the Counter-Reformation. Advances in science and the discovery of the New World provided the context for the creation of towns and cities that came to reflect the new wealth of the major European powers as well as the new cosmopolitanism of the ruling classes. "

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